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Thin Ice (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 September 1937 (USA)
A Swiss hotel's ski instructor falls in love with a man who goes skiing every morning.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Boris Ingster (screenplay), Milton Sperling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Henie ... Lili Heiser
Tyrone Power ... Prince Rudolph
Arthur Treacher ... Nottingham
Raymond Walburn ... Uncle Dornik
Joan Davis ... Orchestra Leader
Sig Ruman ... Prime Minister Ulricht (as Sig Rumann)
Alan Hale ... Baron
Leah Ray ... Singer
Melville Cooper ... Krantz
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Count
George Givot ... Alex
Greta Meyer ... Martha
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Janitor
Torben Meyer ... Chauffeur
George Davis ... Waiter
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Storyline

Lili is a skating instructor at a grand hotel in the Alps. An international conference is booked at the hotel. The conference is led by Prince Rudolph, whose plan is really to keep a pair of feuding countries at odds with each other. Feining illness, the Prince moves into a small inn so he can enjoy some skiing in private -- and delay the conference. One morning he meets Lili on the slopes and they hit it off; but she has no idea her "Rudy" is the Prince. That evening Lili is seen leaving the Prince's car, having been given a ride home by her beau, a cousin of the Prince's chauffeur. Tongues wag and Lili is thought to be romantically involved with the Prince. This gets her lots of attention and a starring role in her own ice skating revue. But when she finds out people think she is involved with the Prince she is horrified, while Rudy is amused and plays along. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Prince X See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in Budapest in 1922. An English translation of the play by Fanny Hatton and Frederic Hatton opened in New York on 23 October 1930 with the title "His Majesty's Car." It starred Miriam Hopkins and ran for 12 performances. See more »


Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Played as background music several times
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Nice film
27 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Even in her lesser films, Sonja Henie was always watchable and there was a good deal to like about her weaker outings. The bright spots were often her, the ice skating sequences and the music, while the weak link was often typically the story.

'Thin Ice' is a nice, pleasant film, if not a great one. Its chief let-down is the very threadbare and sometimes ridiculous story, that even feels too thin for the very short length and more an excuse for stringing along the skating sequences, the comedy and the songs.

The ice skating sequences (often a highlight in Henie's films) are beautifully choreographed, adeptly danced and lovely to look at, but there have been more imaginative and memorable ones in a Sonja Henie film. Likewise, the songs are pleasant and fit well, but there are no instant classics here.

However, 'Thin Ice' looks great, the comedy from Joan Davies still stands up as very funny, it's all competently directed and the dance direction for the "Prince Igor Suite" is pretty exemplary.

While stretched ever so slightly in the acting department, Henie is pert and charming with a smile that makes anyone go weak at the knees, and the camera clearly loves her. Her ice skating is also out of this world, and the envy perhaps of even professional ice skaters now. Tyrone Power is a handsome and charismatic partner, their chemistry endearing to watch, while Joan Davies steals scenes in a deliciously riotous performance.

On the whole, a nice if not great film. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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